I went for a walk around Salem yesterday and suddenly noticed lots of orange houses. I hadn’t realized there were so many; this is obviously another (old) design trend that has passed me by. The orange houses of Salem are all on side streets and relatively small in scale, which is probably a good thing, as it’s a pretty powerful color. No orange houses on stately Chestnut Street where Federal houses predominate and yellow is an exotic color, or on the main street of Salem, Essex Street, or on Washington Square, the street which surrounds the Common. But if you look down any side street running off these broad boulevards, you’ll most likely see a pop of orange on a colonial or Victorian house. Here is a sampling: two orange houses right around the corner from our house, a mid-nineteenth century Gothic Revival cottage and a Georgian double house near the Common, a melon-colored house with Derby Wharf and The Friendship almost in its backyard, a wall of orange on a Derby Street triple-decker, and another gambrel-roofed later eighteenth-century house off Federal Street.
Surprising but true: I could not find an orange house on Orange Street!